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England Outplayed And Humiliated By Germany 4-1

England put an end to their World Cup campaign and their misery in South Africa today, by completely capitulating to an ordinary German  side 4-1, and it could have been even worse.

Fabio Capello – his last game in charge of England?

One of the problems we’ve kept pointing out about the English players,  is that in big games they wilt mentally, and it seems these big games are just too much for them.

Germany went 2-0 up in the first half through weak goals from an England perspective, and it was Klose (20 mins) and Lukas Podolski (32 mins) again – both born in Poland we may add – who scored for their country.

These two lads always play out of their skins for their country – England players please take note.

And the England defense was woeful for both goals, especially Upson, who just isn’t good enough at this level of football.

Then Upson scored with a header after 37 minutes to make up for his mistake, and bring England back into the game, and then Lampard hit a goal which was a yard over the line after it bounced down off the cross-bar.

It was similar to the goal in the World Cup final in 1966 from Geoff Hurst, but that one was 2 inches over the line and this one was 36 inched over the line.

But amazingly – and to the embarrassment of FIFA since the world was watching  – the goal was disallowed and it was way over the line for heavens sakes.

FIFA really has to address these concerns and they should not remain silent, but come out and address the issue, and say what they are going to to about it – this was the worst call ever in the World Cup and will be shown for decades to come.

FIFA  could come out and suspend the referee and the culpable linesman for not allowing the goal, as it clearly bounced way over the line – where were they looking – which planet were they on?

Photo showing the ball way over the line – and still disallowed

England started the second half doing what they had to do – attack – and a second goal would put them right back in it.

But following an England corner,  a quick German break-away on 67 minutes caught the defense short and Germany scored an easy goal though Muller, although James in the England goal should have done better.

The Germans simply out-paced the England defenders, who seemed to have lead in their boots.

And then would you believe it, Germany scored again from another fast break-away in a similar style after 70  minutes, and it was Muller again who scored so easily – with the England defense decimated for the second time in 3 minutes.

England will probably talk about the disallowed goal, but in the end it really didn’t matter at all, as England were simply walloped by a better Germany side in what was their worst World Cup embarrassment since England lost to the USA 1-0,  some 60 years ago.

This turned out to be England’s worst result ever in the World Cup finals, and when was the last time England conceded 4 goals in a World Cup game – never.

The less said the better about this performance, because not only did the England players lack skill and not play anywhere near their best, but they showed no commitment or guts at all.

And to make things even worse, the last 20 minutes was played out with the England players waiting (or were they praying?)  for the final whistle to come – what a disgrace that was to watch such an England surrender.

But alas, the England players have shown once again that in these big games, when it really counts – it’s just too much for them.

Every England player who played in this game will have a black mark against his name  – and I’ll not even mention Wayne Rooney, who was again terrible for the second World Cup in a row.

You cannot be called a world-class player if you cannot play on the world stage.

We expect Fabio Capello to resign nimbly, before he is sacked by the English FA – because Fabio will have a difficult time continuing after this disgraceful performance by the England team at the World Cup with all the world watching.

It was a crippling and embarrassing defeat for England, to be sure.

42 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Jun 27, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Personally I think it’s a bit too much of knee jerk reaction to say Capello should go.

  • del

    Jun 27, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #2

    He should go.

    Not just for this game but the whole WC final campaign.

    Poor tactics playing Gerrard out of position. Heskey on when we needed goals. No sight of Crouch in the tournament.

    Poor English. Always asks for the translator when asked a tough question. Hmm…

  • wickywoowoo

    Jun 27, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Germany are ordinary but easily thrashed England. What are England then?

    I also note the bitter “both born in Poland” comment. As if you wouldn’t take Arteta in the England team. Pathetic.

    Face it, England aren’t that good and the better team won.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jun 27, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #4

    i honestly think things would of been a whole lot different if that lampard goal had been given! but at least i still got my beloved Newcastle!!!!! COME ON YOU MAGS!!!!!!

  • crappy_punk

    Jun 27, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #5

    There have been a lot of calls in this worldcup that were terrible.

    That’s why I love this beautiful game, I never want to see FIFA bring in video refs. Without them it ads that mystique and passion rather than technical and scientific side to things.

    Sure that goal could have changed the dynamic of the game, but England just didn’t seem to want it as much.

    And if there were video refs you English would lose something to whinge about. 🙂

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 27, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #6

    This is typical English reaction. Sack Capello blah, blah, blah.

    Just face it; England do not have a very good team.

    How is it Capello’s fault that Rooney, or any other striker now I come to think of it, doesn’t turn up for the big games?

    How is it Capello’s fault that goal-line technology isn’t used?

    How is it Capello’s fault that Rob Green doesn’t understand the first rule of being a keeper?

    How is it Capello’s fault that England do not produce very good players?

    It’s not is the simple answer. Yes, he played Gerrard on the left and played Heskey too much, but do you honestly think that we’d have done much better if he’d done it any other way?
    I don’t

    Gerrard was shooting from anywhere – he’d probably have done that wherever he played.

    Crouch is hardly gonna be amazingly affective against 6″ 6 Mertesacker.

    The blame should rest with two groups:
    1) The players – awful is the best way to describe them
    2) The media – hype and pressure then blame the players for not having enough backbone

  • listie

    Jun 27, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    crappy_punk – shut the fu*k up
    Germany scored two goals on the counter, as England where having to chase the game, if the correct decision had been made I doubt we would have commited the bodies forward.
    Everyone in the game is calling for goal line technology, and I hope Blatter is throughly ashamed at the display in front of him. Having said that I do think the team that wanted the win more won the game!

    As for Fabio, undecided at the moment, he has plenty of faults

  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Who to blame ?
    A certain amount must be placed on Capellos shoulders for team selection.
    Niether Milner, Upson, Barry, Heskey or SWP, belong in this side and where were the only genuine wingers Johnson and Downing ?
    Unlike the US which punched above it`s weight this England side was for the most part a disaster,lacked any tactical nous, were slow as molasses and in general made to appear a plodding side by a young fast countering young German side.
    Guess it`s back to the drawing board, give some of the youngsters an opportunity, this side will
    go nowhere !

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Milner was the only player that could cross a ball. In fact doesn’t he have two assists at this World Cup?
    Upson is, unfortunately, one of our best 5 CBs.
    Barry is the same.
    Heskey and SWP well, I have to agree there

  • scottoon77

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #10

    england totally outplayed and one dimensional.least you still have 66.yawn

  • Toon1978

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Not Capello’s fault……we have English players that have more ego than pounds in the bank. The problem is that we think our players are gods when in reality they are mediocre when put up against the elite.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #12

    We’ll get them in the next Euro Cup…

    … With Carroll in the team.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #13

    – Speaking as a confirmed Capello sceptic, I thought ‘surely even with our current (lack of) form we can still surely beat Germany?’ Instead, we were worse than ever I remember.

    – Even wor Smudger could beat Ashley Cole over 50 yards. Cole got skimmed time and again, outside and inside, and was equally donkey-like tracking back. If our ‘Enry ever played like that we’d be baying for blood.

    – First prize for giving the ball away has to go to W Rooney esq who time and again dropped deep, demanded the ball, attempted an ambitious long pass, and gave it back to the opposition. In every game!

    – And yes, Ed, Capello should be sacked as he was contactually bound to get England to the semis. He not only failed but failed miserably. This has been humiliating for all concerned. If it had been Sven or Steve McClaren in the dug out, they would have received a media lynching and instant disnissal – except some dolt at the FA allowed Capello to sign a new contract before he had actually fulfilled the conditions of the first one.

    What a mess.


  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Howay, let’s be honest it still would have been 4-2 even if the goal had been allowed. I was at my towns Fan Mile and most of the Germans said to me that the disallowed goal was a disgrace and if it had remained 2-1 it would have left them with a bad taste in their mouths. But that it was quits for 1966 and from now on they wouldn’t mention 1966 again.

  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #15

    to me thats it for alot of out team, James, Lampard, Gerrard, a Cole, Terry, Upson, Ferdinand, Carragher, Barry, Heskey, Crouch, King all of these shouldnt be in euro squad!

  • Toon1978

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #16


    Spot on mate!!!!!

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #17

    GeordieGerman, I think we wouldn’t have won, but I still think it’s an issue and really we don’t know how we would have done. What I’m saying is that was more important than Capello picking Milner instead of Cole etc.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #18

    See it another way. This could really be to NUFC’s advantage. Capello has made the mistake of picking his team only from the EPL. How do you think those players will be feeling now? Will they be questioning their ability?

  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Howay the lads 9#

    Both Milner and Barry are two of the most over-rated players in the EPL
    Milner could`nt cross a ball to save his life.
    Barry was shown up for his lack of pace, as was Upson.
    None being of international quality and all over valued, for some reason, probably a lack of English talent in general.

  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Arriba Mexico !
    Abajo Argentina !
    Gotta go with my neighbors.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Chuck, how come he got two assists from crosses then?

    Name me better CBs than Upson + he scored

    Name me better CMs than Barry.

  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #22

    The most entertaining side of the competition are the Chillenos, we should sign the whole team.
    How come Nobby did`nt clue us ? , couldda had some decent signings por nada!

  • geordielad880

    Jun 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #23

    I still think this side would have been so much better than todays:-





  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 27, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #24

    still think that the following team would have coped well


  • riquelminho

    Jun 27, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Congratulation to Germany, they were much better. Creativity, off the ball, movement, one touch passing, Germany has a great team and still very young. England played football from 20th century, Germany 21st century. England needs more players like Lennon and some creativity to the midfield and a good GK.

  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #26

    HOWAY @20#

    Erm ! aint easy to find better English CD`s, but i would say,
    Even Campbell

    As for holding midfielders, even harder, but i would say,
    and apart from Parker are young enough for the next W.C.

    hey , face it the best players in the EPL are not English !

  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Howeh the lads

    Better than Uson ?
    Dawson, Jagielka and Campbell !
    Better than Barry?
    Carrick ,
    Rodwell ,
    Face it the best holding CM`s are not English, in the EPL that is.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 27, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #28


    Carrick’s been poorer than Barry for England before though. Parker too.
    Rodwell – maybe. Will be in the future
    O’Hara – same

    The only worrying thing is are the young, English players just gonna be quite good or world class?

    I feel it’ll be a long time for us to do anything good in the future 🙁

  • boater

    Jun 27, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #29

    —–moses/rooney/a young

    so aye, the cream of the u17/19/21 pretty much

  • MacToon

    Jun 27, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #30

    John TERRY 30
    Steven GERRARD 30
    Frank LAMPARD 32
    David JAMES 39
    Gareth BARRY 29
    Rio Ferdinand 32
    I’ll not mention Heskey!

    Seems to me that these players have not cherished the opportunity to play at the world cup for their home team, probably for the last time.
    Some serious rebuilding now.

    Rooney should have been dropped against Algeria.
    Could question the squad/team and positional selection.
    Bad ref decision, technology needed.
    Best team won on the day.

    All in all a real shame, we got to the last 16, fair enough but limped out of another tournament.

  • Solaidback

    Jun 27, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #31

    We say our players should play like they do in the PL when playing for England but the only reason our players look any good playing in the PL is because they’re playing with loads of foreign players & so when they have to play together for their country with out any foreign players, they play crap…..

    We need are less foreign players in the PL because as it stands, our PL is benefiting the foreigners more than its benefiting the English player….

    On top of that, we should have someone like Roy Hodsgon managing the Enlgish team & playing the English way of football…

  • Jarra Mag

    Jun 27, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #32

    I watched “A Bridge Too Far” on Sky afterwards – the pesky Boche had the upper hand there too.
    I’m an NUFC fan, with limited interest in the fortunes of the National Team, but a few points come to mind —
    1. Terry – destablising the camp. Creating division can’t have helped. He shouldn’t play for England again – and at 30, picking him isn’t a step in the right direction.
    2. Cocknee Mafia – Cole Lampard Johnson – all seemed to play a very selfish game. Poor Rooney hardly got a decent pass in the whole tournament, never mind today.
    3. Post match player comments – Shearer picked this up – if this wasin the Premiership, the allegation would be that it looked as if Capello had lost the dressing room – in my opinion points 1 and 2 explain this.
    4. Reality. England are not good enough to compete in the big games – and I predict they will inevitably get worse – or no certainly no better – so more years of misery for those with an England inclination. Main reason – the prevalence of foreign players in the top league. Lets all be honest – we are talking about entering competitions where participation is limited to those that meet qualifying criteria – “are you Englaish and do you play in the Premiership?” How can anyone moan that our lads didn’t do well – when we never gave them a chance to develop in the first place as there are so many foreigners as squad members never mind superstars in the top division? Seems to me – Johnson the best example – that just ‘cos you are English, you get in the national team nowadays as there is such a limited choice. Look down the road for evidence – at the Mackems and the Smoggies – a reduced gene pool just ensures that there are few bonny bairns competitions in those towns.
    5. Johnny Foreigner – OK, the officials were useless tonight, but this is a smokescreen and an excuse – our players are not good enough. Johnson, Barry = outclassed. Terry = not motivated. Rooney = not part of the cocknee mafia – so didnt get included in the passing.
    6. Technology? Smokescreen again.
    7. Capello? Best manager since Sir Bobby – a huge mistake if they let him go. No-one else would have stood up to the cocknees.
    8. Stuart Pearce – can Ed post the video clip of Capello shoving him off the bench?
    9. The Germans. Spiderman will sort them out.
    10. The Argies – my tip to win. Guttierez willl lay on a hat-trick for Messi – lkust like Tino’s hat-trick versus Barcalona courtesy of Gillespie.
    11. Beckham. An complete irrelevance in South Africa – but no doubt the press will campaign for him to step up if Capello bites the bullet.

    Finally – hopefully Rooney may be given an extended holiday and so I hope he doesn’t play or start against us on 14 Aug. Yipee, roll on the True Religion – NUFC – England are just a distraction.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 27, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Jarra Mag, putting Rooney’s absolute shiteness down to not getting the ball enough because people didn’t pass is ridiculous. Even if they did, then thank god, because he couldn’t have trapped a pile of poo.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 27, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Hey Ed, do you think you could do a poll for who should be on the banner at the top.

    I’d have:

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 27, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #35

    @ jarra mag…..

    excelent post mate… never a true word said

  • Ruvio

    Jun 28, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #36

    Yes, Upson was picked and he shouldn’t have been. This though, is in no way his fault. You get called up for the world cup, it’s rare a player says not, especially not on grounds of not being good enough.
    Gerrard has never played well in an England shirt, and it’s my opinion he just doesn’t try when he’s on the left, because its not where he wants to be played.

    Rooney needs to grow the f*%k up and stop blaming the world in general for his shortcomings

    I mentioned earlier, A. Cole, J. Cole and Milner for me, were the only players in an England shirt to play like they remembered what it was like watching your team in the world cup finals as a kid. Pride and effort.
    If they’d put in the proper effort, the team as a whole, and shown an ounce of pride, we couldn’t get on at them, but the fact is, the managers tactics were lacking, and the team as a whole, failed to play in any way becoming of their talent.

  • Flop

    Jun 28, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #37

    It’s bad craic when you need goals and you send on Heskey. The whole England set up is wrong, players are chosen on reputation rather than form. Why can the manager not speak English? More to the reason does he get 6m for getting his players to perform like that? And if the players can’t even motivate themselves for the World Cup…the time has come to scrap the lot manager, players and the FA.

  • Brutooon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #38

    1) england got an easy group of all but manage to only get 5 points? remember against usa and algeria, england NEARLY lose. Slovania was a poor side – even that, they nearly win against england

    2)Just to remind, rooney wasn’t the same level as messi, not even half the player messi is. He can’t score a goal mate.

    3) The reason Gerrard,Lampard,Rooney, Terry was “world class” was becos they got goo FOREIGN players playing with them in their club.

    4) Ups0n? He play for West Ham which was 17th at the league

    5)Video Technology? come on, if that were to introduce, the 1966 World Cup vistory to be taken away

    6) In Conclusion, England are and average team. The same level like USA. Its just the league that is the best.

  • lesh

    Jun 28, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #39

    I hear that the England team’s changed their flight plans….. they’re flying into Glasgow now as they want to be assured of a heroes’ welcome!

  • Stevo

    Jun 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #40

    Funny how the whole country is calling for Capello’s head. I thought we were the only fickle supporters in the land!

    We were outplayed by the Germans as we have a very average team and the Germans played some good football. I think it’s time we started looking at bringing our youth players through for the Euro Championship. Germany based their U21 wining side on this World Cup team.


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